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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Talking Objects


Young people aged 16-24 explore and respond to the Lewis Chessmen, in support of their training and education.

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Talkin Objects Collective

A website for registered users allows young people to continue their research and conversations between sessions at the Museum.

Why are the Lewis Chessmen important?

In collaboration with Haverstock School, 2014

This film was created by members of Haverstock School in collaboration with Chocolate Films.

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What is the relationship between chess and football?

In collaboration with Street League, July 2013

This film was created by members of Street League as a creative output of their project.

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